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  • Tinley considers grants to boost downtown businesses

    Tinley considers grants to boost downtown businesses

    Tinley Park trustees are considering a host of grant programs that would initially be aimed at attracting new retail businesses to the Oak Park Avenue business district as well as helping current businesses that want to expand. Grants could also help existing businesses make facade and landscape...

      • Bridgeview woman named Saint Xavier University Student Laureate

        Bridgeview woman named Saint Xavier University Student Laureate

        A Saint Xavier University student who "excels academically while also demonstrating genuine compassion and concern for those in need, and is an advocate of justice for all," was named the school's Student Laureate for 2017. Bridgeview resident Esraa Aburass, who grew up as a refugee after her parents...

          • All the theater is a stage at Stagg High School concert

            All the theater is a stage at Stagg High School concert

            A.A. Stagg High School is set to install a form of surround sound in its auditorium, but it will take 250 student musicians and singers to make it happen. Spectrum, a musical showcase of the school's musical programs, returns to Stagg Dec. 6 and 7. The Palos Hills school's various bands, choirs,...

              • Ill. attorney general to investigate Massage Envy policies after sex misconduct suits

                Ill. attorney general to investigate Massage Envy policies after sex misconduct suits

                Following reports of nearly 200 lawsuits filed across the country by women who said they were groped or sexually assaulted by their massage therapists, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has subpoenaed Massage Envy as part of an investigation into whether the company properly handled the allegations....

                  • Mokena favors home-baked businesses

                    Mokena favors home-baked businesses

                    Inspired by renowned French pastry chef Pierre Herme, Kim Friedl has been baking macarons in her Mokena kitchen for the past three years and giving them away as gifts. They were such a favored treat that her friends urged her to sell them. Many people sell their home-baked goodies out of their...

                  • Troubled Oak Lawn restaurant apparently closes

                    Troubled Oak Lawn restaurant apparently closes

                    An Oak Lawn restaurant that has been plagued by violent incidents has apparently closed its doors, adhering to an agreement it had reached with village officials earlier this year. Moving crews were at Chuck E. Cheese, 4031 W. 95th St., on Tuesday and exterior signs were being removed from the business,...

                  • Man charged with package thefts

                    Man charged with package thefts

                    Lansing police said Wednesday that a Calumet Park man was helping himself to several packages delivered at homes in that suburb and other communities. Lelan Cooper, 29, was charged with felony theft after a witness Tuesday saw him taking packages off of porches that had just been dropped off by...

                  • Supporters, opponents air concerns at Orland Park video gambling forum

                    Supporters, opponents air concerns at Orland Park video gambling forum

                    The competitiveness of small businesses and the social costs of gambling were among the major themes during Orland Park's first public meeting on the issue of whether video gambling should be allowed in the village. A crowd estimated at around 200 people filled the village's Civic Center, and,...

                  • Forest Preserve's new ball python snake gets a name after social media vote

                    Forest Preserve's new ball python snake gets a name after social media vote

                    The Forest Preserve District of Will County's new ball python snake has a name thanks to hundreds of votes cast on social media. The name Penny was the top choice for the snake, which has joined the Forest Preserve's menagerie at Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township. The snake was recently...

                  • These adorable pets need a home

                    These adorable pets need a home

                    The Thursday Community Star prints adoptable pet information weekly. Find more photos of animals that are available at area agencies at www.dailysouthtown.com/lifestyles. PAWS Animal Shelter 8301 W. 191st St., Tinley Park, 815-464-7298, www.pawstinleypark.org Animal Welfare League 10305 Southwest...

                  • Church news

                    Church news

                    Alsip Holy Cross Lutheran Church: 4041 W. 120th St. — A Christmas Sing-a-long will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 9. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Community Meal Tuesday will be at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 12. A free "Birthday Party for Jesus" for children will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 16. The event will include...

                  • Three men rob woman in Monee home invasion, officials say

                    Three men rob woman in Monee home invasion, officials say

                    Police are searching for three men who allegedly robbed a woman and fired a gun during a home invasion in Monee earlier this month. Deputies of the Will County sheriff's department responded to a call at 1 p.m. Nov. 14 of a home invasion in the 26000 block of South Kuersten Road. The victim told...

                  • Tinley exhibit showcases emerging artists

                    Tinley exhibit showcases emerging artists

                    Lincoln-Way Central High School student Jacob Kaehr has set out to capture the beauty in the spaces society has left behind. For the past seven months the 17-year-old from the New Lenox school has been exploring the southwest suburbs looking for old, abandoned places that, in the right sunlight,...

                  • Man charged with robbing Calumet City bank

                    Man charged with robbing Calumet City bank

                    A Calumet City man has been charged with the attempted robbery of a bank in that city, according to a federal criminal complaint filed Monday. Demetrius Harrell, 23, admitted to authorities he tried to rob the First Savings Bank of Hegewisch, 1100 Sibley Blvd., on Saturday morning, according to...

                  • Man accused of attempting to solicit officer posing as 15-year-old girl

                    Man accused of attempting to solicit officer posing as 15-year-old girl

                    Bail was set Monday at $50,000 for a Bartlett man accused of allegedly trying to solicit an undercover officer posing as a 15-year-old girl. Bradley Johnson, 29, appeared in Bridgeview bond court, charged with possession of child pornography, indecent solicitation of a minor and traveling to meet...

                  • Man wounded in tollway shooting

                    Man wounded in tollway shooting

                    A man was wounded early Sunday in a shooting on the Tri-State Tollway in Alsip, according to Illinois State Police. The shooting occurred at about 2:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes at 130th Street, police said. The man, whose identity was not available, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center...

                  • Fire destroys two Midlothian businesses

                    Fire destroys two Midlothian businesses

                    A fire Saturday night destroyed two Midlothian business, according to the Fire Department. Firefighters responded at 11:30 p.m. to a strip of businesses at the southeast corner of 147th Street and Keystone Avenue, according to the department. Flames were coming from the east side of Midlothian...

                  • Parade, rally welcome home Lincoln-Way East football champions

                    Parade, rally welcome home Lincoln-Way East football champions

                    The Lincoln-Way East High School community was of "one heartbeat" Sunday in welcoming the school's state champion football team with a parade and rally. Players packed into school buses and, led by police squad cars and fire engines and followed by fans in decorated vehicles, hit the streets in...

                  • Man, 28, dies after single-vehicle wreck near Chicago Ridge Mall

                    Man, 28, dies after single-vehicle wreck near Chicago Ridge Mall

                    A Mount Greenwood man who was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 294 early Sunday has been identified, officials said. David Mahay, 28, of the 10500 block of South Central Park Avenue, was pronounced dead at 8:06 a.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook...

                  • Police locate 12-year-old boy who went missing from Evergreen Park

                    Police locate 12-year-old boy who went missing from Evergreen Park

                    A 12-year-old boy who went missing from south suburban Evergreen Park on Friday afternoon has been reunited with his family, police said Sunday night. Jamal Nasser has been found, Chicago police said.  Jamal was reported missing after being last seen in the area of 2800 West 99th Street in Evergreen...

                  • Fire destroys apartment building in Summit; resident, firefighter injured

                    Fire destroys apartment building in Summit; resident, firefighter injured

                    A resident and a firefighter were injured Saturday in an early morning fire that destroyed a Summit apartment building, Summit Fire Chief Wayne Hanson said. Firefighters called to the 7600 block of West 61st Place about 2:30 a.m. found "heavy smoke and fire" coming from the building, he said. All...

                  • Chicago man dies in I-57 crash in Matteson

                    Chicago man dies in I-57 crash in Matteson

                    A Southeast Side man died Friday morning after his car collided with another vehicle on Interstate 57 in Matteson, authorities said. Dean Scalzitti, 51, of the 2900 block of East 103rd Street in the South Deering neighborhood, was pronounced dead at 9:06 a.m. Friday following the crash near Vollmer...

                  • Two horses killed in Palos Township after running into traffic

                    Two horses killed in Palos Township after running into traffic

                    Two horses were killed Friday after running into the street and being struck by a vehicle in Palos Township, a spokeswoman for the Cook County Sheriff's Office said. The animals had bucked off their riders for an unknown reason before running off a trail about 1:30 p.m. in a forest preserve near...

                  • Black Friday optimism on display at Orland Square Mall

                    Black Friday optimism on display at Orland Square Mall

                    Black Friday shopping isn't quite what it was several years but it's still a day retailers look forward to, said Cathy Mein, marketing director for Orland Square Mall in Orland Park. While many retailers feel the pinch from increased online shopping, Mein said there's reason for brick and mortar...

                  • 4 arrested after shots fired, car chase from Markham

                    4 arrested after shots fired, car chase from Markham

                    Four people wanted in a call of shots fired in south suburban Markham were arrested after a car chase early Friday, authorities said. Two men and two women were arrested when the pursuit ended in Oak Lawn, according to Illinois State Police. Troopers were notified of the pursuit about 3:20 a.m....

                  • 2018 ballots to start taking shape in south suburbs

                    2018 ballots to start taking shape in south suburbs

                    Although elections for south and southwest suburban representatives on county boards, in the state legislature and in Congress are months away, what the ballots will look like next fall will begin to take shape this week. Candidates for established political parties begin filing nominating petitions...

                  • Sandburg High School newspaper apologizes for 'wokeness' quiz

                    Sandburg High School newspaper apologizes for 'wokeness' quiz

                    Sandburg High School in Orland Park and the school's student newspaper issued apologies after an opinion piece on what some consider a racially charged subject in the Nov. 9 issue of the paper raised concerns among some students. Printed against a black background with white lettering and presented...

                  • Two Rich East alumni continue 50-year Turkey Bowl tradition

                    Two Rich East alumni continue 50-year Turkey Bowl tradition

                    The gathering started in 1967 when Bob Look, then a football player for Rich East High School in Park Forest, got three of his friends together for a Thanksgiving morning scrimmage at the school. "Each year after that we started to let it grow," said Look, 65, now a New Lenox resident. Now, a half...

                  • Art means the world to Hillcrest student

                    Art means the world to Hillcrest student

                    Kris Lyons, a student at Hillcrest High School in Hazel Crest, loves his school library, a facility called the Instructional Materials Center. It brings the world to Hillcrest, he believes. So he wanted to bring the world to it. Using materials including cardboard, wood and foam, and instruction...

                  • Ag School students serve seniors a locally sourced Thanksgiving dinner of food raised on their farm

                    Ag School students serve seniors a locally sourced Thanksgiving dinner of food raised on their farm

                    Hundreds of seniors from the Far Southwest Side feasted on locally-sourced turkey with all the fixings Tuesday courtesy of students at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. The farm-to-table meal, held annually at the Mount Greenwood high school in celebration of Thanksgiving, capitalizes...

                  • 'Hamilton' goes local with singalong event in Homewood

                    'Hamilton' goes local with singalong event in Homewood

                    Singing songs from the Broadway hit "Hamilton" in the shower? Can't get the lyrics out of your head? If you are longing for a way to feed your obsession, the event of your dreams is coming to a library near you. "Hamiltunes: An American Singalong," the officially licensed fan-based performance...

                  • Tinley Park keeps lid on property tax levy

                    Tinley Park keeps lid on property tax levy

                    The Tinley Park Village Board has approved a property tax levy for taxes that will be paid next year, with the levy again remaining unchanged from the prior year. The levy of $25.5 million includes $5.5 million to fund the operations of the village's public library. Along with approving the levy...

                  • Woman accused of sexually abusing student she taught at Southwest Side charter school

                    Woman accused of sexually abusing student she taught at Southwest Side charter school

                    A former teacher has been charged with sexually abusing a student while she worked at a charter school on the Southwest Side of Chicago, according to police. Megan Kotarski, 28, is charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse.  She is accused of having sexual contact with a boy older than 13 but...

                  • Sierra Club calls for warehouse moratorium in Will County

                    Sierra Club calls for warehouse moratorium in Will County

                    The Sierra Club has launched a petition drive calling for a "time-out" on the further development of warehouse and distribution centers in Will County until officials address infrastructure and quality of life issues. Sierra Club spokeswoman Ann Baskerville said the moratorium was spurred by all...

                  • 'We will not be silenced:' Palos Township meeting unravels after activists confront controversial trustee

                    'We will not be silenced:' Palos Township meeting unravels after activists confront controversial trustee

                    Palos Township officials halted Monday's board meeting prematurely and called police after a group of activists strode to the front of the packed boardroom and confronted trustees seated behind the dais. "All the girls wearing hijab, come to the front, please," one woman shouted to resounding cheers...

                  • Fire and health experts want you to have a safe holiday

                    Fire and health experts want you to have a safe holiday

                    Don't let your holiday go up in smoke. Before you preheat the oven, take a few minutes to review some basic safety tips. According to both the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving Day is the leading holiday for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas....

                  • Police study video footage in Palos Heights fatal shooting

                    Investigators Tuesday were poring over video surveillance camera footage for possible leads in the Monday fatal shooting of a Palos Heights man. Police were studying video taken by cameras outside homes and businesses near a home in the 7300 block of West Ishnala Drive, where 39-year-old Murad...

                  • Movable feasts: Firefighters, hospital workers celebrate Thanksgiving on the job

                    While most Americans will get Thanksgiving Day off work, certain professions never go on holiday. Society relies on firefighters, police and health care workers to be available 24/7, which made us wonder if that meant they don't get a Thanksgiving dinner. We reached out to some local stations and...

                  • Man killed in Palos Heights shooting identified as Tinley Park man

                    A man was shot to death inside a Palos Heights home early Monday evening in what police are saying was not a random incident. The man, identified as 39-year-old Murad Talib by the Cook County medical examiner's office, was shot inside a residence in the 7300 block of West Ishnala Drive around 5...

                  • Take home one of these adoptable pets today

                    The Thursday Community Star prints adoptable pet information weekly. Find more photos of animals that are available at area agencies at www.dailysouthtown.com/lifestyles. PAWS Animal Shelter 8301 W. 191st St., Tinley Park, 815-464-7298, www.pawstinleypark.org Animal Welfare League 10305 Southwest...

                  • Coal City man pleads not guilty in shooting death of 24-year-old Joliet bartender

                    As friends and family said their final goodbyes to Kaitlyn Kearns, the 32-year-old Coal City man accused in her killing was in a Will County courtroom Monday where he pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges. Jeremy Boshears, who authorities say is a member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club,...

                  • Oak Forest police investigating burglary, robbery

                    Police in Oak Forest are investigating a home burglary as well as an armed robbery at a convenience store that took place a week apart. There are no indications the incidents are related. A couple in the 15200 block of Long Avenue told police someone broke into their home Nov. 6 and forced open...

                  • Church briefs

                    Alsip Holy Cross Lutheran Church: 4041 W. 120th St. — A Christmas Sing-a-long will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 9. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Community Meal Tuesday will be at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 12. The meal is free and open to everyone. A free "Birthday Party for Jesus" for children will be at...

                  • Sports Calendar

                    Baseball Midlothian: The Midlothian Park District, along with coaches from Bremen High School, will hold instructional clinics, open to ages 10 to 15, from 9 to 10 a.m. on the first and third Sunday of each month through February. The clinics will be held at the Don Preston Recreation Center, 14500...

                  • Comings & Goings: Nick's Barbecue moves to Alsip

                    Nick's Barbecue, which earned a cool $500,000 in August for selling a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket at its Palos Heights location, recently closed that location and moved to Alsip. The Palos Heights location at 127th Street and Harlem Avenue had been open for 24 years, but its lease was...

                  • Snake needs a name: Nature center asks for public's help

                    Plum Creek Nature Center is enlisting help from its online fans to give a name to its new snake. But "Snaky McSnakeFace" is not an option, according to a post on the nature center's Facebook page. The joke, of course, was in reference to a similar effort in 2016, in which the voting internet public...

                  • Oak Lawn man charged with manslaughter in his girlfriend's shooting death

                    A South suburban man was ordered held Saturday on involuntary manslaughter charges after his handgun fired and fatally struck his 42-year-old girlfriend earlier this week. Prosecutors said Mohammad Elwawy had disassembled then reassembled his handgun at a kitchen table at a home in the 3600 block...

                  • With blessings boxes and giving trees, Hometown mom elevates both givers and takers

                    In the year that it's been standing on her front lawn in Hometown, Sarah Galvan's blessings box has been opened hundreds of times. By both givers and takers. By both haves and have nots. By those inclined to throw a few extra cans into their grocery cart each week for the benefit of others and...

                  • Funeral services set for Richards High School teacher

                    The Richards and Shepard high school communities are mourning the loss of Lauren Lamaster, who taught social studies at both schools. Lamaster, 34, of Orland Park, died Wednesday. She recently had been suffering from an illness that was causing severe seizures, according to her Facebook posts. ...

                  • TCF Bank in Oak Lawn robbed; FBI offering $1,000 reward for information

                    A TCF Bank in Oak Lawn was robbed Friday, according to the FBI. The man entered the bank at 10350 S. Pulaski Road at 12:52 p.m. and took an undisclosed amount of money, the FBI report said. He did not display a weapon. The suspect is described as being in his 40s and he wore an Arizona Cardinals...

                  • Mary Cate's family, Christ the King classmates give 'Wonder' rave reviews

                    They cheered, they cried, they applauded, and when two of the characters kissed for the first time, they booed emphatically. Nearly 300 students from Christ the King School in Beverly recently traveled to AMC Theatre at Chicago Ridge Mall to see the movie "Wonder." The Lionsgate film is based on...

                  • Slowik: Debate over rezoning, shuttering of truck terminal near Lemont was 'politicized,' operator says

                    Local officials are praising a Cook County decision to deny a rezoning request that would have allowed a trucking terminal to continue operating on land zoned for residential use. They're calling it a victory for residents who opposed the project. "We're extremely pleased," Lemont Township Supervisor...

                  • Evergreen Park high school locked down after report of student with gun

                    Evergreen Park Community High School was placed on lockdown Thursday following reports that a student may be in possession of a gun, police said. Evergreen Park police responded to the school, 9901 S. Kedzie Ave., just before 2:30 p.m., but learned the student was not at the school after making...

                  • Fire destroys residential garage in Matteson

                    A fire erupted inside a detached residential garage Thursday morning in Matteson, causing a total loss of the structure, according to the Matteson Fire Department. Firefighters were called about 10:30 a.m. to the 3600 block of 213th Place, according to the fire department. The bulk of the fire...

                  • Christmas in Southland: Event guide for tree lightings, parades, more

                    Communities will be bright with beginnings of the next holiday season. Tree lighting ceremonies, light parades and more abound. Alsip The annual Holiday on Pulaski from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 8 will feature a tree lighting, parade, carriage rides, a laser show and business giveaways. Details at 708-385-6902...

                  • Special Olympics Chicago athletes will lead South Side Irish Parade

                    Athletes from Special Olympics Chicago will lead the South Side Irish Parade in March. Parade organizers announced the 2018 grand marshal and parade honoree at a gathering Wednesday at the Morgan Park Sports Complex. Amyloidosis Support Groups and former boxer Martin McGarry and his family also...

                  • Police search for missing Mokena woman

                    Police said Wednesday they are searching for a Mokena woman last seen early Monday morning tending bar in Joliet. Kaitlyn M. Kearns, 24, is described as 4 feet 11 inches tall, weighing about 100 pounds with long brown hair, according to Will County sheriff's police. She was last seen wearing a...

                  • Activists opposing Palos Township trustee say officials failed to inform them of special meeting

                    A group of activists, inflamed by the controversial social media musings of a Palos Township trustee, have systematically packed monthly board meetings since July to call for the trustee's resignation. Like clockwork, the group of about 100 people have gathered in the parking lot an hour before...

                  • Long lost Beverly memorial to be restored

                    Local historians want to restore a nearly 100-year-old monument that had been lost in time in the Beverly neighborhood. The monument, which memorializes those lost in war, was rediscovered in 2012 in the Dan Ryan Woods near the southeast corner of the intersection of Western Avenue and 87th Street....

                  • Woman held at knifepoint in attempted robbery at Orland Park Walgreens, police say

                    A 43-year-old woman suffered a minor cut to her hand after having a knife held near her throat during an attempted armed robbery Tuesday at a drugstore in Orland Park, police said. The attack took place inside a Walgreens at 7960 159th St. at about 6:30 p.m., and the victim told police that she...

                  • Investment adviser stole $5.2M from seniors, feds say

                    An investment adviser, through Orland Park businesses he operated, is alleged to have stolen approximately $5.2 million from older clients, including his mother-in-law and father-in-law, the U.S. attorney said Wednesday. In a criminal information filed in federal court in Chicago, Daniel Glick...

                  • Fundraiser offers look at four homes for the holidays

                    Nothing symbolizes the spirit of the holiday season more than neighbors opening their doors and hospitality to guests they've never met. And if those doors open to rooms lavishly decorated for the season, that's even better. The Cancer Support Center's Holiday House Walk, taking place from 10 a.m....

                  • After requests for a solar farm, Will County seeks more details to 'get it right' in Crete Township

                    Faced with the first of many requests for a solar farm, Will County officials said they are warm to the idea, but want to make sure they "get it right" the first time. Several issues were raised during Tuesday's meeting of the Land Use Committee by county officials and residents regarding a proposal...

                  • Will County bridges in 'good shape'

                    Will County's bridges are in "very good shape," according to Jeff Ronaldson, director of the county's Division of Transportation. In a recent report to the county board's Public Works Committee, Ronaldson said all 120 county bridges and 181 township bridges are inspected regularly and ranked for...

                  • Will County weighs new water alliance

                    Will County officials said they want more information before plunging into a new water planning group being created with Grundy and Kankakee counties to address water shortages. At a recent Will County Executive Committee meeting, members discussed an intergovernmental agreement to create the Kankakee...

                  • Man accused of fatal shooting outside Chicago Heights eatery denied bail

                    A Park Forest man had been released just 10 days from juvenile detention when he allegedly shot and killed Michael Overall outside a Chicago Heights eatery, prosecutors said. Bail was denied Tuesday for Trevor Keith, 18, who is charged with first degree murder in an alleged gang-related shooting....

                  • Warehouses considered for outlet mall site in Country Club Hills

                    With plans for a new large outlet mall in Country Club Hills no longer a reality, the owners of the 100-acre site are looking at developing it for warehouse-distribution uses, a representative for the property owners said Tuesday. Chicagoland Outlets, first proposed in the summer of 2007, was to...

                  • Judge: Man charged in hit-and-run that killed Tinley Park mom can drive while out on bond

                    A 19-year-old Joliet man charged in the hit-and-run death of a Tinley Park mother of two in Bolingbrook will be allowed to drive while out on bond. Eduardo Avila was released Tuesday morning after his family posted $50,000 bond Monday afternoon. Though Will County Judge Carla Alessio-Policandriotes...

                  • Remembering The Center's Frank Sanders: A gentle giant leaves legacy of empowerment

                    When Mark Walker came to The Center 10 years ago seeking help with his addiction, the Rev. Frank Sanders said to him, "You're an alcoholic. So what. We love you. Let's get to work." That nonjudgmental encouragement still resonates with Walker, who today is director of development at the Palos Park...

                  • Sports calendar

                    Baseball Midlothian: The Midlothian Park District, along with coaches from Bremen High School, will hold instructional clinics, open to ages 10 to 15, from 9 to 10 a.m. on the first and third Sunday of each month through February. The clinics will be held at the Don Preston Recreation Center, 14500...

                  • Comings & Goings: Slim Chickens coming to Orland Square Mall

                    Slim Chickens, an Arkansas-based restaurant chain that specializes in chicken tenders, is set to open Friday, Nov. 17, in the Orland Square Mall food court. The franchise is owned by Orland resident Faris Ballouta, whose family owns a popcorn shop in the mall along with a smoothie shop. "This will...

                  • Orland police say ID theft cases involving smartphone purchases on rise

                    While lots of people may be hoping to unwrap the latest smartphone this holiday season, Orland Park police say two people recently allegedly tried to buy five of the devices using fraudulent cellular phone accounts. Police said Monday they have seen an increase in identity theft cases involving...

                  • Lewis Airport pushes for air traffic control tower; $6M needed

                    With more than 105,000 flights in 2016, Chris Lawson, manager of Lewis University Airport in Romeoville, said he can't understand why the federal government is "not throwing money" at his facility for an air traffic control tower. Lawson addressed a Committee of the Whole meeting of the Will County...

                  • Frankfort craft show kicks off the holiday season for many

                    The Frankfort Park District's 24th Annual Holiday Craft and Vendor Show has been a tradition for those seeking to buy as well as those who love to create handmade gifts and one-of-a-kind decorations. Carol Janek had several tables Saturday adorned with whimsical Santas, elves, angels, wreaths, and...

                  • 5 teens arrested in Markham after alleged Hammond carjacking

                    Five teens were arrested in Markham Saturday after allegedly crashing a vehicle stolen from a Lyft ride-sharing driver in Hammond, police said. The incident started in Hammond, when four of the teens allegedly stole the vehicle at gunpoint at about 2:45 p.m. in the 7400 block of Madison Avenue....

                  • Armed robberies reported in Chicago's Morgan Park, Brainerd neighborhoods

                    Chicago police have alerted Morgan Park residents to a string of robberies that occurred Saturday morning. The spree began with the 6:30 a.m. theft of a Chevy Equinox SUV left running in the 400 block of West 100th Place that was later used in four robbery-related incidents, police said. In all...

                  • Beating cancer new goal for Oak Forest soccer player

                    Lifelong soccer player Pablo Flores has long been seen as a testament to the power of strength and determination, even when facing the toughest of adversaries. During his four years at Oak Forest High School, he helped lead the Bengal soccer team from unremarkable to top contender, mostly, he said,...

                  • Matteson bypassed for Little League headquarters

                    It was a mighty swing and a miss for Matteson officials Friday after learning the suburb had been passed over as the new home of Little League International's Central Region headquarters. Last month, the league had confirmed Matteson was one of three communities under consideration, but the league...

                  • New Will County Public Safety Complex completed ahead of schedule

                    Will County's new Public Safety Complex is expected to be completed Monday — six weeks ahead of schedule, according to a project manager. The $30 million center, on Laraway Road and US Route 52 in Joliet, will consolidate several sites that housed the sheriff's department, and bring together three...

                  • Homeless man charged with robbing Orland Park bank on Halloween while wearing mask

                    A 30-year-old man wore a mask that made him appear to be at least twice that age and used a handwritten note to rob an Orland Park bank on Halloween, according to a criminal complaint. Skye Perk is alleged to have taken $545 in the Oct. 31 robbery of a Fifth Third Bank branch at 15330 S. Harlem...

                  • Shelter operators fear proposed regulations could hurt homeless in Oak Lawn

                    A proposed ordinance that would regulate homeless shelters in Oak Lawn has alarmed shelter operators who believe the plan could lay the groundwork for a dismantling of the village's long-established shelter system. While Oak Lawn officials have repeatedly expressed support for maintaining the village's...

                  • Veterans join students at GSU for class focused on trauma of war

                    According to Army combat veteran Muriel Williams, dealing with trauma comes down to "how you process it and what you make of the experience — no matter what happens." "Some people, they don't bounce back," she said, "while other people say, 'No, this is not going to be the end of me.'" Williams,...

                  • Orland Park salon alleges soon-to-open competitor will violate lease

                    An Orland Park hair salon contends in a lawsuit that a move by the owner of the shopping center it's in will cut into its business and that it should have its monthly rent trimmed. Hair Cuttery says that Orland Park Crossing, northeast of LaGrange Road and 143rd Street, violated terms of the salon's...

                  • In era of standardized tests, Southland teachers say perseverance, love of learning as important as scores

                    Inside art teacher Stephen Moss's classroom at Andrew High School stands a whiteboard with the word "persevere" written across the top. "That is so critical," Moss said. "A kid comes in and they've mastered math and English and all these other subjects but now they're using a different part of...

                  • Cancer no match for local Army veteran

                    Gloria Gayle has been a health buff for years, but her one unhealthy habit finally caught up with her: smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. In 2010, she felt something strange near the base of her neck, where a noncancerous growth had been removed several years earlier. She had a CT scan, which showed...

                  • Palos Heights man wins $1M on lottery ticket

                    A Palos Heights man has won a $1 million prize on a lottery scratch-off ticket, according to the Illinois Lottery. Charles Smith had purchased the ticket at a Mobil station at 12100 S. Ridgeland Ave. in Palos Heights and scratched the $1,000,000 Cash ticket and instantly won, the lottery said in...

                  • South suburban man sexually assaulted young boys in his home, police say

                    A 73-year-old man has been charged with sexually assaulting three young boys at his home near Matteson, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart's office said Thursday. Joseph Minarik, of the 600 block of Tanglewood Road, was ordered held without bond during a court hearing Wednesday, the sheriff said in a...

                  • Will County committee proposes $1 million in salary cuts for amended budget

                    The Will County board is considering a plan next week that would slash $1 million in salary expenses for county staff but earmarks more money for sheriff workers overtime and the Health Department. The amended budget proposal is designed to reflect exactly what the county spends, said Republican...

                  • Charges filed in Bolingbrook hit-and-run crash that killed Tinley Park woman

                    Charges have been filed against a 19-year-old Joliet man in the hit-and-run death of a Tinley Park woman who was struck on a frontage road last weekend in Bolingbrook, police said Thursday. Eduardo Avila Jr. has been charged with failure to stop after having an accident involving personal injury...

                  • Lawsuit: Tinley Park attorney defamed by political candidates

                    A Tinley Park attorney alleges in a lawsuit he was defamed by candidates running in this past spring's municipal election and that his reputation and business have suffered as a result. The complaint filed by Steve Eberhardt in Cook County Circuit Court on Tuesday seeks in excess of $1 million...

                  • Visually impaired woman killed by Metra train in Midlothian: officials

                    A visually impaired Midlothian woman was killed Monday night after being struck by a Metra train a short distance from her home, officials said. Kelly R. Harris, 54, was standing at the edge of the train platform with a service dog shortly before 6 p.m. when an inbound train on the west track pulled...

                  • Will County man posts car for sale online; potential buyers steal it at gunpoint

                    Will County sheriff’s police are investigating a carjacking that occurred in New Lenox Township after a man posted a car for sale online. The victim, a 40-year-old man, told authorities he had posted an ad for his girlfriend’s 2014 Kia Optima on several websites and was contacted by a woman who...

                  • Restored WWII cannon returning to Mokena on Veterans Day

                    This Saturday, one of Mokena's veterans will return to a final resting place in Pioneer Cemetery. Escorted by World War II reenactors, a restored 1943 US Army M5 anti-tank three-inch gun, will make its way south on Wolf Road to the cemetery to be placed on a new concrete pad, amid a brief ceremony...

                  • Semaj Crosby's grandmother: 'Someone knows what happened'

                    More than five months after 17-month-old Semaj Crosby was found dead underneath a couch in her Joliet Township home, two women identified by authorities as persons of interest in the investigation spoke out in an attempt to clear their names and bring attention to the case. “I want to see justice...

                  • Target to close stores in Matteson, Romeoville in early February

                    Retailer Target said Tuesday that its stores in Matteson and Romeoville will close Feb. 3. The 126,000-square-foot Matteson store, 4647 Promenade Way, opened in late July 2007 as part of a redevelopment plan for adjacent Lincoln Mall, which has since been demolished with the exception of the Carson...

                  • Rauner attends General Mills opening in Wilmington

                    Gov. Bruce Rauner visited southern Will County Tuesday for the grand opening of a new General Mills warehouse. The 1.5 million square-foot food distribution facility, located just off Interstate 55 in Wilmington, will provide about 200 full-time jobs and 150 part-time jobs, officials said. "This...

                  • Orland Park officials seeking public input on gambling issue

                    Orland Park trustees at their meeting Monday held off taking a vote on an advisory referendum regarding video gambling in the village, and have tentatively scheduled a town hall meeting on the subject. Some trustees said it was "premature" for the board to consider the referendum question, proposed...

                  • Attorney general sues over gasoline leak

                    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Tuesday her office had filed a lawsuit regarding a gasoline leak at a South Holland gas station. Her office said the complaint seeks a court order requiring the gas station owner to continue air and groundwater monitoring and to investigate and address...

                  • Sports calendar

                    Baseball Midlothian: The Midlothian Park District, along with coaches from Bremen High School, will hold instructional clinics, open to ages 10 to 15, from 9 to 10 a.m. on the first and third Sunday of each month through February. The clinics will be held at the Don Preston Recreation Center, 14500...

                  • Comings & Goings: Fat Doggy'z opens in Justice

                    The Fat Daddy'z chain has grown with the Friday opening of Fat Doggy'z restaurant in Justice. "It's a hot dog stand," said owner Mike Martens, who also owns the original Fat Daddy'z in Seneca (southwest of Chicago toward Ottawa) and a second location with the same name at 5437 S. Center St. in...

                  • Documentary details Chicago's crucial role during WWII and the conflict's lasting impact on the city

                    A 60-minute documentary that details how Chicago answered President Franklin D. Roosevelt's call for the country to become "an arsenal of democracy" during World War II premieres on Chicago public television this week. "A City at War: Chicago," which debuts Thursday as part of WTTW's Veterans Day...

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